Breast Reduction: Male

Provides a better proportioned, more masculine-contoured upper body

Procedures

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Breast Reduction: MaleBreast Reduction: Male

Enlarged male breasts, also known as gynecomastia, can cause emotional discomfort and impair your self confidence. Gynecomastia is characterized by:

  • Excess localized fat
  • Excess glandular tissue development
  • A combination of both excess fat and glandular tissue
  • Gynecomastia may present unilaterally (one breast) or bilaterally (both breasts)

Gynecomastia can be surgically treated by removing excess fat, glandular tissue and/or skin. The result is a better proportioned, more masculine-contoured upper body and the freedom and self confidence to lead an active life.

Procedure

Plastic surgery to correct gynecomastia is technically called reduction mammaplasty, and reduces breast size, flattening and enhancing the chest contours.

In severe cases of gynecomastia, the weight of excess breast tissue may cause the breasts to sag and stretch the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). In these cases the position and size of the areola can be surgically improved and excess skin may be reduced.

In cases where gynecomastia is primarily the result of excess fatty tissue, liposuction techniques alone may be used. Sometimes gynecomastia is treated with both liposuction and excision.

Recovery

After surgery, dressings or bandages will be applied to your incisions and an elastic bandage or support garment may be used to minimize swelling and support your new chest contour as it heals. Swelling should subside in 2-4 weeks. Breast shape may take 1-3 months to fully refine. Incision lines will continue to flatten and fade for up to 1 year.

Results

The final results of breast reduction in men are permanent in many cases.

However, if gynecomastia resulted from the use of certain prescription medications, drugs including steroids or weight gain you must be fully free from these substances and remain at a stable weight in order to maintain your results. Please discuss this with your physician before making changes to your prescription medications.

All scars are permanent, even though some scars may be concealed in the natural contours of the breast. Your improved upper body will likely enhance your self-image and confidence, whether in a shirt and tie, a t-shirt, or baring your chest at the beach.

 

> Read detailed procedural information on breast reductions for men on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website.

If you have any additional questions, please call Sessions Plastic Surgery Centre at 619.463.8878 or email us at info@sessionsplasticsurgery.com. You may also visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website.